LONDON, ENGLAND, October 23, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/
-- More than 220,000 people have switched their current accounts to Halifax
this year, a 54 per cent increase on the same period last year, reports Halifax.(i)
Of those that have switched:
- The average age of a switcher was 41 years old
- 52% were men, 48% were women
- Switchers were most active in South Wales and the South West of the UK.
Anthony Warrington, director of personal current accounts
said: "Thousands of customers have moved their current account to Halifax over the last nine months - approximately one customer every two minutes - nearly 54% more than the same period last year. This indicates that customers are voting with their feet and welcome the great service and financial rewards Halifax provides."(ii)
Halifax has announced the return of its leading switching initiative that offers GBP100 to customers moving their current account to the bank.
Available from the 22nd October until the 2nd December 2012, customers that switch in branch to a new Halifax current account will benefit from:
- GBP100 credited to the new account on the day that they start the switching process
- All account details provided at opening with the ability to start banking online immediately
- A dedicated switching team to provide support throughout the process
- A service to transfer all direct debits and standing orders
- A service to transfer credits, including salary and pension credits
Anthony adds: "Customers switching to the Halifax Reward Account
will benefit not only from GBP100 on the day they start the move, but will receive an ongoing GBP5 monthly reward when they credit the account with GBP1,000."
Making it easier for customers to switch
To take advantage of this offer, customers do not need to hold any other products with Halifax bank in order to benefit from the GBP100 offer. As part of our ongoing commitment to making it easier for customers to switch, Halifax also guarantees that it will help customers to move to another bank if they are not satisfied with the service that they receive.
Halifax is still the only major bank that will pay branch customers GBP100 on the day that they start the switching process. Typically, other providers either pay nothing or only credit an account after the switch has completed, or if the service they provide has been inadequate.
i Halifax new customers that switched accounts between 1st January and 30th September 2012
ii 294 days up to and including 21st October. Equals 423,360 minutes. Divided by 200,000 switchers. Someone switches every 2 min 18 sec. Rounded down to 2 minutes.
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